A big percentage of the far western cattle presented in store condition with the very dry season now being experienced over such a large area.
Not all the regular buyers were in attendance with the absence of both feeder and processor orders. The market commenced on a cheaper note but gained momentum as the sale progressed.
It was a mixed quality yarding with a good selection of cows along with some good pens of well finished grown steers. Ideal trade cattle were in limited supply with a large percentage of the yarding made up of secondary cattle lacking quality.
As the seasonal conditions continue to worsen young cattle to the restockers were 12c to 22c cheaper with the young steers selling from 295c to 376c while the young heifers to the restockers sold from 270c to 315c/kg.
The bulk of the cattle were sourced from local districts with only a few from the far west including another consignment of good quality Hereford cattle from South Australia along with cattle from Bourke and White Cliffs.
A number of the cattle are showing the effects of almost a fortnight of constant frosts and the fact it is getting very dry in most districts.
Trade cattle were mostly firm, demand for feeders varied with lighter types up to 5c dearer and heavier weights falling by up to 6c; while steers to restockers were firm to 3c cheaper depending on weight and quality. Grown steers were 10c cheaper with the plainer quality available having an effect in the fall.
Young cattle were the majority in a pretty good quality yarding at Dubbo this week, with good numbers of trade cattle to suit the processors and feeders. There was also a fair selection of cows along with a limited supply of grown steers. Almost 90% of the yarding was sourced from local districts with only two consignments from Bourke.
Young cattle to the trade were up to 15c cheaper and more in places. Steer vealers sold from 330c to 370c with the calves over 330kg averaging 338c while limited numbers of ideal heifer vealers sold to 368c/kg.
Young cattle to the trade were 8c dearer with strong support coming from a Central tableland processor along with good competition from a Melbourne based processor.